Beer In Ads #1599: A Pair Of Pheasants

Saturday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1953. So what’s the going rate for a glass of beer? Why, a pair of pheasants, of course. And this as is a two-fer. There are not one, but two, magic bottles in the ad. Both full glasses shown have only half-empty bottles next to them, and in fact they look nearly full, with only a small amount just about reaching the top of the label gone.


Beer In Ads #1596: Speaking Of Miracles

Wednesday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1951. This is an odd ad, showing a man who could easily be mistaken for being in drag, but is just dressed up as a gypsy or fortune-teller. Wearing a goofy grin, he’s seeing a bottle of Schlitz and a full glass of beer in his crystal ball, apparently giving him the idea that a cold drink of beer would be a miracle after a hard day of work.


Beer In Ads #1592: Reflection Of No Bitterness

Saturday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1943. I’ve talked about this before, how oftentimes back in the earlier part of the century, products like beer were referred to as “friendly.” Here’s another example where Schlitz claims that “for millions of Americans the simple joy of companionship are made richer, deeper, more satisfying with a glass of friendly SCHLITZ.” Damn straight, skippy, I don’t want one of those unfriendly beers touching my lips.


Beer In Ads #1583: International Agreement

Thursday’s ad is another one for Schlitz, this one from 1947. With the tagline “International Agreement,” the ad shows four people of different backgrounds (including possibly the butler from yesterday’s ad) drinking together. But the funniest part of the ads is in the ad copy, where it says “Around a table in some far-off corner of the world …” and yet out the window that clearly looks like the Golden Gate bridge. So that means in 1947, Schlitz’s idea of a “far-off corner of the world” was San Francisco. Hilarious.


Beer In Ads #1582: The Butler Drank It

Wednesday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1949. It’s from their long-running “I was curious” series. I guess in 1949, just after World War 2, everyone had their own butler so the ad was relatable. It’s also a little funny that the tray sitting there is filled with pilsner glasses, but the butler used a humble tumbler when he tasted it, not wanting to use the fancy glassware for himself, I suppose.